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The name Kanatal means ‘island’ in the Amis language, and refers to the island of Taiwan – home to this small band of musical innovators. In Taiwan, different ethnic groups have come to live together and, at the same time, connect with the world through the ocean. And like their island home, these four talented Indigenous musicians with their multi-ethnic backgrounds have come together to create explosive harmony that boldly crosses borders.
Golden Melody Award winner Suana Emuy Cilangasay, esteemed drummer Vagacu Kalevuan, urban Indigenous singer Masaw, and talented rising artist Abus – all members have rich cultural and musical backgrounds. They find their true selves within the intersections of multiple ethnic identities, telling their stories through vocals, piano, guitar and a variety of traditional instruments.
There’s no rigid work division in Kanatal—everyone can be the lead singer. With a flexible formation, Kanatal is set up for experimental creative projects. Among the members, three are familiar with Indigenous languages and traditional melodies. Each member can combine electronic music, rock, pop, and other genres with traditional elements. They are all committed to creating engaging world music, and inspired to experiment with music from all around the globe. The concept of Kanatal is not just limited to the society of an “island”, but stretches beyond to all encompass us all